Bloggiversary V!! // Midori MD Fountain Pen [mini REVIEW]

It’s 2022 and I’m still using the notebook I started at Bloggiversary IV! It was a slower year for the blog in 2021, but not necessarily a slower time in adding to the collection.

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Hard to imagine that I’ve kept this blog up (albeit not too consistently) for five whole years! Thanks so much for all the support – whether you’re just dropping by, following a link to something I’ve posted, or been a regular reader.

As one grows and matures in the hobby, I can definitely attest to being more thoughtful about my selections and being more deliberate about what I choose to spend money on. I also, in a way am more impulsive in picking up pens because I know when I will genuinely like and appreciate them.

I’m not one for selling pens to make room for more – though I do have a few pens I just want to retire, sell or put away forever. But since I started Monthly Inked, it’s been really nice being able to rotate my pen usage (not to mention ink usage too!).

Of course, being ol’ efficient me, I wanted to combine this post with a review. Not initially intended to show up here in the lineup of reviews, I quickly fell in love with this pen from the moment I saw it on UK Fountain Pens’ blog post about it. I didn’t end up getting it at the time, but when I saw the demonstrator version come out for Midori’s 70th Anniversary releases, it was hard to resist.

Here goes a mini review of the Midori MD Fountain Pen:

Midori MD 70th Anniversary Edition Fountain Pen & Ink Set
$65USD – Gentleman Stationer
Currently Inked: Troublemaker Inks “Abalone”

This pen is easily, somehow, one of my favourite pens now. There’s something about the simplicity of the design, along with the deliberate pairing of a stainless steel cap with a cheap plastic demonstrator body that I really love. I love that the look is that of a ‘cheap’ pen, but it also has a touch of an upgrade with the metal cap. I don’t think I have seen anything like this design out there in the market yet, which also adds to the unique design factor.

In terms of balance and feel, it’s pretty good! I don’t usually use my pens posted, but it works decently both posted and not posted because it’s a relatively light pen. The stainless steel cap doesn’t add too much weight but it’s still a nice quality metal cap. The writing itself is relatively smooth. I found that on smoother paper, like my MD sketchbook, it wrote fairly well with no issues. However, on toothier paper, like my review notebook’s watercolour paper, it took a little more pressure to get the ink flowing smoothly. Granted, I think the particular ink I chose has a great range of shading, meaning there are times when the ink simply looks like it’s not flowing out, but it could just be a very light shade of the ink.

Finally, in terms of value, I’ve read a lot about the pen when I was first thinking about buying it. It’s not a cheap pen by any means. The retail price of the original pen is $38USD and was often said it was pretty high for what it was. I could agree at first, hence why I was really hesitant to buy it. But after seeing the demonstrator version (and yay that it came with ink!), trying the pen for myself, and knowing deep down that I really appreciated the design, I think once again, that value is subjective. Knowing that I enjoy using the pen, looking at the pen and it functions solidly should already mean that the pen has value. I think Midori as a company must know this of their products and hence price accordingly. If anyone does know of a pen designed similarly to this one, I would definitely like to know!

MD pen on a Quarrykase60 with translucent keycaps

So there ends my mini review and Bloggiversary shout out post! Thanks for reading 🙂

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